Ep12. A conversation with Dr. Kavemuii Murangi on the Namibian genocide and reparations

Herero ladies near Uis, Namibia. (Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia)

In this week’s podcast, we speak with Dr. Kavemuii Murangi, a Namibian-born educator currently residing in the United States. He is a descendant of the victims of the Ovaherero genocide of 1904-1908 (his great-great grandfather died in 1904 during the genocide war) and co-founder of the U.S.-based OvaHerero, Mbanderu and Nama Genocides Institute.

For background on the genocide, you may want to read this piece I co-authored with Naunihal Singh two years ago, when the Pope incorrectly referred to the Armenian genocide as the first genocide of the 20th century (he must have forgot the systematic killings of Herero and Nama peoples at the hands of German colonial rule).

Here are bonus links to readings discussed in the podcast.

 

Music this week comes from Namibian-born artist Elemotho. The song begins at 18:00. His song “Black Man” is powerful — and so is the award-winning video:


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